A man named Sunil Kulkarni has been accused of running a sex and drugs racket in Mumbai allegedly brainwashing the mind of young girls between the age of 18 to 25. Kulkarni claims to be the founder of Shifu Sunkriti, a cult group. Shifu Sunkriti and Sunil are active on social media and have been constantly posting stuff that talk about neuro-plasticity, sex, sensuality, romance, relationships, chakras, mental health, existentialism, the soul, the brain, and even a series for men on how to give pleasure to women.
Who exactly is Kulkarni?
Kulkarni claims that he is a psychiatrist and has done his MD in Psychiatry in Nagpur’s Indira Gandhi Government Medical College. But, according to the police, there is no record of Kulkarni graduating from the said college.
Prior to this, Sunil has several cases registered against him. There is a rape case registered against him by a minor in Delhi, under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO) but he managed to get bail and then settled in Mumbai. There are other financial cases as well.
The Crime Branch arrested him on Wednesday. Following the arrest, they raided his house in Bandra and found antidepressant tablets and abortion pills, which he is not qualified to prescribe to anyone. The police also found several clips of naked girls and are trying to verify their identity.
According to a report in Indian Express, one of the siblings confided in a friend that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with Kulkarni. While Kulkarni primarily operated out of Bandra his family stays in New Delhi and soon he will be visiting New Delhi in order to record statements for his earlier cases. According to a few media reports, Kulkarni used to be a guest lecturer at Mithibhai and NM college in Vile Parle, which the police are still trying to verify.
What is Shifu Sunkriti?
Shifu Sunkriti is mainly an organisation that operates off Facebook and does not have an official address or contact details. Sunil, however, clarified in an interview with Mumbai Mirror that Shifu Sunkriti is not an organisation; it is a mystic name. Shifu means master, Sunkriti means Sun (reason) + Prakriti. To propagate his ideas, he has created a Facebook page of the same name through which he trains people on ‘neuroplasticity resilience’.
Disturbing Facebook posts
On the Facebook page, he uploads images which are disturbing and trippy at the same time. There is pop psychology or psychedelic images with quotes about mental health, sex, romance, existence, and neuroplasticity. The page also uploads alerts about workshops which are held in Bandra but the address is missing from the post. Some of the workshops are about mental health and well-being, while some are about finding a woman’s G- spot, and talking about sexpectations.
In one of the posts, one of the siblings who is involved in the case is seen with Dr Mahendra Watsu (famous sex expert). Police are also trying to find if any information can be collected from this angle.
What the siblings say
The siblings on Wednesday started a protest march from Bombay High Court to Marine Drive, The girls walked from Bombay High Court to Marine Drive holding placards which read, “We are not prostitutes, we are not drug addicts. #Save us from our parents” and “Hon. Bombay HC, we are victims and we need justice #Save us from our parents”
The two girls who are residents of Malad have alleged that their parents have tortured them emotionally and physically as well. December last year the girls were allegedly confined to their rooms and were tortured by their parents. Later, these girls were rescued with the help of their friends and Malad police.
Shivangi Sule told Free Press Journal, “All the allegations levelled against Sunil Kulkarni by our parents are incorrect and baseless. My parents have just used the background of Kulkarni to hide their own acts of violence against each other,” adding, “Kulkarni was the visiting faculty in my college and I met him there through a common friend and now I am working with him.”
The Sule sisters claimed that they had even written to DCP (Zone XI) Vikram Deshmane on March 2. “Our parents have hired goons and influenced a political party to make life hell for us,”, Shivangi said.
“So far, he has only confessed that he is neither a psychiatrist nor any degree holder in medicine. Kulkarni is an imposter, but the police could not gather adequate evidence against him. The witness girl was under extreme influence of Kulkarni. Despite repeated phone calls, she is not coming forward to give evidence against Kulkarni. Her statement is a must to tighten the case,” said an investigating officer of the Crime Branch.
Mumbai Police has written to various educational institutions wherein Kulkarni delivered his lectures and interacted with students.
“We have asked for the closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) footages from educational institutions, so we can scan the students and talk with them on Kulkarni. His modus operandi is to catch the mentally weak students and those who have aspiring to become film stars,” he added.